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Last week, I had no comment on the subject of the 500 West right-of-way dispute involving my family’s property, but after reading the city’s statements in last week’s Times-Independent, I would now like to correct some misleading statements.

I never questioned the city’s right to the roadway, only the right to widen the road and claim a very wide right-of-way without payment. This dispute has been ongoing for several years.

Originally, I told the city I would probably give them the right of way, IF they would make some changes to the plans. They refused.

After dragging me through the mud for months and costing me several thousand dollars on another issue, for no reason except they could, I informed them I wanted my $20,000 back from the city for the right-of-way. Instead, the city chose to go to court.

Mr. McAnany is right that the court granted the city’s motion, but only, I believe, because my attorney did not do his job. (He also did not get paid.)

The Moab City Manager stated that the city got the easements at no cost to the city. I believe the city paid 20-some thousand in attorney fees, several thousand to a Vernal engineering firm, plus all the time spent by city staff along with a few years of delay in construction.

Only a government employee can consider spending 30-some thousand dollars, to avoid paying $20,000, a win.

It appears to me that, except for the attorneys, we all lost.

—Ray Klepzig

Moab

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